Review | TRIGGER “My Precious World”

TRIGGER

My Precious World puts TRIGGER outside of their comfort zone, going for a bassy, dreamy sound that begs for – and gets – a powerful, intense performance in return.

Title: My Precious World
Label: Lantis
Release date: 18/11/2020
Genre: Pop / EDM

Tracklist:

1 - My Precious World

Track analysis:

1 – My Precious World

A dramatic piano melody slowly gets increasingly bright, leading up to the 1st verse, and being adorned by atmospheric synths and urgent, loose guitar riffs that give the sense of going on an adventure.

The verses have a good soundstage, with the instrumental creating a vast soundscape for the listener. Reverbed vocals and instruments help creating a distant and, at the same time, dreamy twist to this song.

The chants in the 1st chorus are a new addition to TRIGGER’s songs, which are usually more “in your face” in their presentation and not ethereal like in this specific section in the song.

A progressive piano melody adds tension to the song, taking the verses through a slow but smooth build up into a tight, deep bass-driven sound that envelops the listener in a cosy, almost protective way.

My Precious World is nothing alike TRIGGER’s previously released songs.

It is dreamy, it is hopeful, it is uplifting, ditching the trio’s trademark alluring flair – for this song – in favor of a more dramatic and, yet, still exciting performance.

The song’s minimalistic instrumental is yet another thing you wouldn’t find in their repertoire up until now. I am used to their powerful performances with really elaborate instrumentals as the backdrop. I was not expecting them to go the ethereal route.

This minimalism is welcomed and refreshing, shedding a different light over TRIGGER’s abilities and, as we are all aware by now, their insane versatility and cohesion as a group.

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On the vocal end there is a lot I’d like to talk about but I’ll stick to the main points.

First off: correct me if I am wrong, Ryunosuke appears to be a center for this song. Takuya Sato has a lot of spotlight in this song, and his performance is absolutely impressive.

Takuya Sato has been a driving force for TRIGGER since the very start, being the strong core to the trio but also their hidden weapon, as Sato can really deliver a lot more than what is usually asked of him in his performances with TRIGGER.

With an instrumental heavily focused on deep, dirty, bassy synths, Takuya Sato’s deep vocals and powerful vibrato find their way to give a boost to the groovy performance by TRIGGER.

But let’s not forget the rest of the members.

Wataru Hatano is the always reliable singer, being stable in whatever music genre you put him in. Talk about versatility.

With such a deep instrumental, I was actually fearing that he wouldn’t be that easy to spot, as Hatano is going for those deep notes, but he was actually insanely clear in his performance, with both his low notes and sweet vibrato shining.

Soma Saito goes for a pretty unique performance this time around.

For those that are not aware of it, Saito’s – now – consistent vibrato is actually a pretty recent addition, something he’s been polishing in the last couple of months, and it has now reached a point in which his vibrato has a lot of substance.

Although he doesn’t go for a masterful vibrato performance like the one Takuya Sato gives – he’s a different type of singer -, Saito adds plenty of bassy vibrato to this performance, and it wasn’t just a slight wobble; it’s a full-fledged, quick shift between different notes. This attests to improvements on his control.

It seems that he has found his sweet spot when it comes to vibrato, matching both Wataru Hatano and Takuya Sato’s level, going for a robust, energetic performance with a lot of flair and groovy vibrato in the mix.

All in all, TRIGGER showcase their cohesion as a unit with a powerful and intense performance on top of a refreshing, dreamy instrumental that is nothing alike what the trio is known for.

My Precious World came as an unexpected release but it’s such a massive release by TRIGGER. If you haven’t checked it yet, I invite you to do so. Don’t miss on this inspiring song.


My Precious World is available for streaming on Spotify.


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My Precious World
The Hand That Feeds HQ founder and music reviewer writing about Japanese music since 2010. A year later, I stumbled upon Mamoru Miyano's "Orpheus". Since then I have been writing about male seiyuu music. You may find me writing almost essays whenever music is really good (not limited to, but it happens a lot with Soma Saito's music). I also host the male seiyuu-centric podcast, SEIYUU LOUNGE (see Spotify link in this profile).

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